Why We Know Relatively Little About Stress And Disease Or How Drugs Work

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STRESS (Psychology)
NEUROTRANSMITTERS
DRUGS
PHARMACEUTICAL industry
IMMUNE system
DRUGS -- Effectiveness

Abstract:The article focuses on reasons of little information about stress and stress-related diseases. More recent research has focused on how cortisol lowers immune system resistance to infections and possibly cancer and causes short term memory loss and cognitive disturbances. Measuring levels of specific brain neurotransmitters is very costly. Most of the research is sponsored by pharmaceutical companies eager to develop drugs for stress-related disorders. Few would be willing to make the substantial investment needed to prove both the efficacy and safety of the drug.

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